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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Top 10 things to do in Gainesville

Published: December 21, 2008 - The Gainesville Sun
9. Splash in the springs.
Ginnie Springs, located in High Springs, has more than 100 camping sites with electric and water and 300 “primitive” sites with neither. Visitors can bring there RV or tent and rent a site for only $18 a night (with no electricity) or can rent a tube for the day for $6.

It's Crystal Clear: Protect Natural Springs

Published: December 21, 2008 - Tampa Bay Online
A bill introduced a couple of weeks ago by Sen. Lee Constantine of Altamonte Springs, chairman of the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee, would protect them for future generations - and accomplish much more.

The bill would require protection zones around Ichetucknee Springs in Columbia County; Rainbow and Silver, both in Marion; and Wakulla County's Wakulla Springs.

It would require officials to identify springs drainage areas vulnerable to pollution. Confusion over jurisdiction shouldn't be an issue because the legislation would allow the zones to cross political boundaries.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Parties vying for control of Flint’s future

Published December 19, 2008 - The Post-Searchlight.com
For some people, restoring the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin to its natural state by sending more water downstream—as Boyd and other Floridians say they want for environmental reasons—meant the dam that created Lake Seminole in the early 1960s would be operated in a way that would be unconducive to recreation on and around the lake. Congressman Boyd has clarified his idea by stating he strongly supports the health and usage of Lake Seminole.

However, the issue of how water travels from North Georgia’s Lake Lanier to the Gulf of Mexico has been and continues to be debated.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Annette Long: Up next: Water quality trading

Published December 14, 2008 - The Gainesville Sun
On Nov. 21, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection held a public workshop to discuss plans for a Water Quality Credit Trading Program. In 2008 Florida House Bill 547 made changes to the Florida Watershed Restoration Act (FWRA) that primarily addressed water quality trading.

The amendment authorizes permitted polluters to trade credits when a reduction in their permitted loads is achieved. Today this program is limited to a pilot project in the Lower St. Johns River Basin.

Editorial: Wake-up call

Published December 14, 2008 - The Gainesville Sun (Opinion)
In each of the past three years an influential state lawmaker has introduced a bill into the Florida Legislature to initiate a meaningful springs protection program. In each case, the bill died from lack of support.

Our 700 springs are nothing more than vents for the aquifer. The degradation of our springs — in both the amount of water that flows from them to the quality of that water — is nothing more than visible evidence of what is happening underground.

Now is the time to protect Florida's precious springs

Published December 14, 2008 - Ocala Star-Banner
The magnificent artesian springs in Florida are displaying alarming changes, including reductions in water flow, elevated nutrient concentrations, reductions in natural aquatic vegetation and fish, and increasing populations of filamentous algae.

Declining flows may be the greatest threat to spring survival. Kissengen Spring in Polk County, White Springs in Hamilton County, and Worthington Springs in Union County, all former spring-focused resorts, have stopped flowing. A non-flowing spring is a sinkhole and a clear signal that groundwater levels have significantly declined.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Quit stonewalling on springs protection

Published December 3, 2008 - Star-Banner (Opinion)
Four years of public weigh-in, recommendations by dozens of county committees and boards, initial rejection by the County Commission, a five-month rewrite of the original draft by a hand-picked committee of "stakeholders" and, finally, resubmission of the new and improved ordinance to commissioners has yielded, well, very little. Indeed, too little.

At one with nature and the river

Published December 03, 2008 - Suwannee Democrat
For seven nights, 65 canoeists, kayakers and others enjoyed good weather and smooth waters from Big Shoals to Branford.

Some days the group averaged 10-14 miles, while other days paddlers achieved 23 miles. At the designated trailheads, prepared meals were served as part of the trip.